Skinner: Ten United fans sound like 10,000

Tuesday 29 November 2022 14:10

Manchester United Women head coach Marc Skinner is looking forward to seeing a bumper crowd inside Old Trafford to support his side again this weekend.

The Reds are set to take on Aston Villa at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday (12:30 GMT kick-off) in the WSL, and tickets are still available to purchase for the game here.

Skinner is eagerly anticipating seeing our supporters get behind the team on what is set to be another memorable occasion, regardless of the result.

“I think we’re up and around 30,000 [tickets sold], if not more, it’s rising,” our head coach told reporters in Tuesday afternoon’s pre-match press conference.

“It’s a good number. We’d still love lots and lots more but it’s a wonderful number.

“You know if you meet 10 Manchester United fans, they’ll sound like there’s 10,000."
A home record for United Women of just over 20,000 watched the team’s last outing at Old Trafford – a 3-1 win over Everton in March – and it looks as if that number will be smashed again this weekend. 

Despite the excitement around the fixture, Skinner says he doesn’t have a specific figure that he would like the ticket sales to reach, and says the team’s focus is simply to put on a performance that will ensure that amount grows again for future matches in M16.

“I don’t have a figure [of tickets sold that we want to get to] because we just want to keep putting great performances on so we can fill Old Trafford going forward," he said. "That’s the ultimate aim for us, for sure.

“We know it takes a bit of time and the more and more exposure we have in the media, it shows people the qualities. 

“We’ll work and do our side and make sure we put on something everyone wants to come and watch.”

Preview: United Women v Villa at Old Trafford


Marc Skinner's side are all set for another blockbuster occasion, as we prepare to take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

Speaking to the media, Marc also provided our latest team news and an update on how the squad is shaping up ahead of Saturday’s match, which will be exactly a fortnight on from our last outing. 

The Reds are expected to have a clean bill of health for this weekend, aside from long-term absentee Aoife Mannion, who is expected to return in the new year.

“I believe first and foremost there’s no injuries, the squad is full to pick from,” he said. "We’ve kept training competitive, made sure we’ve got everyone fit going into this run of four games which is quite tight together.

“For us, it was probably a good moment to recharge, get everybody fresh and just make sure we’re competitive in the team. That’s a real driving factor for us. 

“It’s about us taking charge of momentum, it’s not something given to us, we have to create it. Regardless of how long ago the Arsenal game was, we have to take that quality into this game too.”